Day 5 completed
Day 5 completed
The day is all said and done with the elimination of Adria Balaguer in ninth place here at the 2011 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London Poker Festival Main Event. Just eight players remain from the original starting field of 691 and all are guaranteed at least £64,000 for reaching the final table.
Thanks to the last hand of the day where he busted Balaguer, Martins Adeniya has assumed the pole position heading into tomorrow's finale. He finished the day with 4.736 million in chips. Coming in behind him is Mattias Bergstrom with 3.62 million in chips.
To begin the day, 24 players returned to action. Sebastian Blom was the first player eliminated on the day and he was followed out the door by Basile Yaiche in 19th, Joao Barbosa in 17th, Benjamin Jenkins in 13th and James Mitchell in 11th.
Team PokerStars Pro Juan Manuel Pastor will enter the final table sixth in chips with 1.915 million. This is his best EPT finish of his career and he'll be looking to take this one down.
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The final table begins tomorrow at noon and you can find all the updates right here on PokerNews. Until then, it's time for the PokerStars EPT London party!
Sarah chats with Steve O'Dwyer earlier in the day.
Team PokerStars Pro Juan Manuel Pastor raised to 105,000 from middle position. Even despite his tight play, he found four callers. Martins Adeniya called in the cutoff seat, Mattias Bergstrom called from the button, Miroslav Benes called from the small blind and Adria Balaguer called from the big blind.
The five players saw the flop come down and action checked around to Bergstrom. He took a minute and then bet 200,000. Benes folded and action fell on Balaguer. He check-raised all in for around 1.5 million. Pastor folded and then Adeniya announced a call. Bergstrom took that as his cue to get out of the way and folded his hand.
Even though Balaguer had rocked the flop with the for trips with the best kicker, Adeniya had him crushed with the for a full house. Now, Balaguer needed the case seven or running aces to stay alive.
The turn brought the , which meant Balaguer was down to one card and it could only be a seven -- the one remaining seven in the deck. The river card was the and that wasn't what Balaguer needed to come up with the miracle. He was eliminated and with his elimination, play has ended for the night. We'll have a complete recap and chip counts coming shortly.
From middle position, Benny Spindler raised to 100,000. Miroslav Benes called from the big blind to see the flop come down . After Benes checked, Spindler bet 50,000. Benes quickly folded.
Miroslav Benes raised to 125,000 from under the gun and got a call from Mattias Bergstrom in the big blind. The flop came down and both players checked to see the land on the turn. Bergstrom led for 125,000 on fourth street and Benes called. The river card was the and Bergstrom bet 300,000. Benes gave it up.
Benny Spindler opened to 100,000 and Kevin Iacofano three-bet to 235,000. Action folded back to Spindler and he tanked for a couple minutes before finally folding his hand.
Action folded to Kevin Iacofano in the cutoff seat and he raised to 105,000. On the button, Martins Adeniya reraised to 235,000. Play folded back to Iacofano and he reraised all in. Adeniya folded and Iacofano won the pot.